School Counseling and Guidance, K-12


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The Rhode Island School Counseling and Guidance Program

The Rhode Island School Counseling and Guidance Program ensures equitable access to educational and career opportunities for all kids, promotes rigorous academic curriculum for every student, provides strategies for closing the equity gaps, supports the development of skills to increase college and career readiness, and fosters advocacy for all students. This program assists school counselors to analyze their current practice, organize and align their program in a comprehensive framework, develop curricula, and evaluate the success of their guidance program.

School Counseling Policy

The Rhode Island Basic Education Program Regulations (BEP)

BEP Regulations are designed to ensure that high-quality education is available to all public school students. Chapter G-14-1.3 in the BEP is entitled Comprehensive Guidance and states the following:

"Each LEA shall establish and maintain a Comprehensive School Counseling Guidance (CSC) Program, including guidance and counseling services, available to all students in grades K-12. Each LEA shall ensure that the CSC Guidance program shall:

  • Be developed and delivered in accordance with the Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs;
  • Support each student in meeting the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards in the academic, career, and personal and social domains;
  • Be a coordinated effort among the professional counseling staff and the rest of the educational community; and
  • Include services to be provided to students at each developmental stage and specify how the services will be provided to all students."

The Rhode Island Framework

The Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs is the product of a broad collaborative effort by Providence College, the Rhode Island School Counselor Association, Rhode Island School-to-Career and the Rhode Island Department of Education. School counselors are critical players in systemic change. Their role as leaders, advocates, and collaborators allows them to be important contributors to positive educational change and to the success of students in three developmental domains: academic, personal/social and career. While continuing to serve as the primary conduit whereby the needs of students are addressed, counselors now develop and implement a program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, and data driven. Twenty-first century school counseling in Rhode Island ensures equitable access to educational and career exploration opportunities for all kids, promotes a rigorous academic curriculum for every student, provides strategies for closing the equity gaps, supports the development of skills to increase student success, and fosters advocacy for all students. The model encourages administrators and counselors to align school improvement strategies with school counseling by redefining and re-positioning the role of school counselor.

The Framework can be accessed here.


The RI Framework includes the ASCA National Standards and Competencies for School Counseling Programs. These standards fall within the three following domains: academic, career, and personal/social.

ASCA Standards [PDF, 29.3KB]

Individual Learning Plans

ILP System and Curriculum Vendor Menu of Options 

RIDE has collaborated with the Governor’s Workforce Board and Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner to co-issue a formal Request for Proposals from vendors to inform the ILP system and curricula menu, as recommended by the Spring 2017 ILP Review Committee. The RFP is currently live with the Department of Administration. The full Request for Proposals can be found here.



October 2017  Department of Administration issues RFP 
November 2017 RFP closes & RFP Review
December 2017 Recommendations to Department of Adminstration
Jan/Feb 2018 Master Price Agreement (MPA) Contracts Awarded
February – April, 2018 Information Sessions for Schools and Districts
May 2018 Schools/LEA begin contracting with MPA Contractors
September 2018 Schools begin new ILP implementation as contracts/situation allows.
Academic Year 2020-21 All schools have adopted an ILP system from the MPA or alternative vetting process.

RIDE will provide more updates about this RFP once it is officially released. If you or a representative from your school or district is interested in learning more about the ongoing effort to support Individual Learning Plans or would like to participate in the review of vendor options, please email Nicole Smith in the Office of College and Career Readiness at Nicole.smith@ride.ri.gov

ILP Framework 

In Spring 2017, the Rhode Island Framework for Individual Learning Plans was updated to include additional information and supports for developing and implementing an ILP program at a school or district, including the primary components, stakeholder roles and additional information required for a successful program. The revised framework can be reviewed here. 

ILP Review Committee

In Spring 2017, RIDE convened a working committee of 25 representatives from K-12, higher education, and industry to develop recommendations to review and revise the state’s approach to Individual Learning Plans (ILPs). Recently, the importance of Individualized Learning Plans as a central tenant of personalization and a tool that has the potential to be a meaningful and intentional facilitator and connector of career exploration and academic study throughout a student’s middle and high school experience was elevated through the state’s PrepareRI initiative and revised Secondary School Regulations. The committee met four times between February 28, 2017 and May 1, 2017. In between meetings, the committee consulted with peers in their respective fields and completed feedback surveys that informed the content of the following meeting. In addition to this informal engagement of peers, the committee received feedback on the current state of ILPs from 101 school counselors from around RI; surveyed 230 high school students in partnership with the College Crusade and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner; and commissioned a national benchmarking report from the Education Commission of the States (ECS). The working committee’s recommendations, as presented to the Governor's Workforce Board's Career Pathways Advisory Committee (the PrepareRI oversight body), can be found here.

These recommendations enable the freedom for districts and schools to select an ILP program that best meets the values and needs of their community, while ensuring a minimum level of commonality of content and experiences for students across the state.

The updated ILP system is part of PrepareRI, a statewide initiative to build career pathways for all Rhode Island youth. Learn more about PrepareRI at www.prepare-ri.org.

Counselor Credentials Requirements

School Counselor Credential Requirements

Educator Quality is essential to improving student achievement. Educator Quality begins with clear standards for educator practice. Improvement of achievement requires implementing strong practices in recruiting, developing, recognizing, and retaining talented and demonstrably successful staff in LEAs.

Requirements [PDF, 168KB]


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